Digital music in the car: part II

I began blogging about my car project earlier this month. Here are options I figured out so far: 1. Install full computer in the car. This might be new Sony U750 portable with 5″ touchscreen. Or put DIN-size PC in the standard opening and add 7″ touchscreen. However, I am not sure how slow Windows XP…

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Whidbey security push: what are we doing there?

Last four weeks we have been working exclusively on security. This does not mean we have been completely ignoring security issues until the end of development cycle. Security is a feature and product features have to be designed properly to be secure. We did security threat modeling when we were still coding and since then…

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We are 4 years into XXI century but digital music in the car is still nowhere closer.

So I got a new car. First thing I usually do to my new car is I upgrade stock audio system since I actually do most of the music listening while driving. Amp, speakers, subwoofer – those all all obvious improvements that any decent car audio shop is able to install quickly and well. This…

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What is Paste Alternate?

You may have noticed that both Design and Source views have Paste as well as Paste Alternate commands in the Edit menu. In VS 2003 and earlier versions Paste Alternate was called ‘Paste As HTML’ and almost no one understood how exactly it worked. Why another paste command? It comes from the fact that sometimes…

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Whidbey Beta 2 end game

ScottGu posted very good description on our Beta 2 end game process. A biggest change from previous releases to my opinion is that very few bugs will be moved to RTM bucket. We at Web.NET are trying hard not to postpone anything to post-Beta 2 milestone. This effectively means that Beta 2 quality is expected to be…

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Got a new car

It is Toyota Prius. It is pretty big change for me since I have been driving fast cars for many years. However, most of the time I am now driving in peak traffic taking daughter to and from kindergarden. It has been three weeks and so far I have been enjoying the car, it is…

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Return of the yellow

When reviewing bugs filed from feedback on MSDN Feedback site we came across few requests to make elements yellow again. I was particularly touched by this bug report author’s reasoning for the fix: Benefits: Improved User Interface, Nostalgia Yes, I also kind of missed yellow coloring which has been in the product since VID 6. We…

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Why ASP.NET 2.0 Application directories are not configurable

ScottGu provided detailed explanation in ASP.NET forums. I’ll post the quote here so you won’t have to scroll though the long thread. <quote> There is unfortunately a few technical reasons why we can’t make them configurable: 1) Some of the directory names need to be identified before the application starts up. Specifically, you can only…

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Now that we are done with DCRs…

Last week we (Visual Web Developer team) finished all outstanding DCRs (design change requests) that were approved for Beta 2. Most of them were based on user feedback, some were caused by internal changes such as ASP.NET directory name changes or feature cuts. Some were entered in order to fix recently discovered design holes or performance problems.  You…

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